The Scale Can Be Your Friend (Dividing a Skein of Yarn)

I have found that the best use of a food scale is to weigh your yarn. (My friend the Weight Watchers instructor hates when I say this!) I purchased a digital food scale that displays both ounces and grams. They can be found at many large retail stores (Target, Walmart, etc.) and are fairly inexpensive.

When making socks out of a 100g skein, I place the yarn on the scale and keep winding a ball off of the skein until the scale shows 50g. Voila! I now have two 50g balls of yarn allowing me to knit two socks at one time without having to use both ends of the skein. (This can get a bit tangled and I don’t like anything to slow me down.)

I also use the scale to weigh completed socks to help me determine if I have enough yarn remaining to knit the second sock. For example, you knit a sock for a long foot and you are unsure if you need to purchase more yarn – weigh the completed sock and compare it to the weight of the yarn left over. If the completed sock weighs less than the weight of the remaining yarn then you will not need to purchase more yarn.

If you want to knit two socks at a time with a questionably short yardage amount – use the scale to divide the yarn evenly and knit two toe up socks until the yarn is gone.

I have been midway through a sweater project and not sure if I have enough yarn left to knit the last sleeve. I will just weigh the finished sleeve and compare that to the amount of yarn I have left. This has saved me from being a little short on yarn and then scrambling to find the right dye lot.

3 thoughts on “The Scale Can Be Your Friend (Dividing a Skein of Yarn)

  1. I find it easiest to wind the entire ball of yarn first, and then set the cake of yarn onto the scale because it doesn’t roll around. But then, I work at a yarn store and we’ve got a scale set up right next to the winders and such. If you’re handwinding it, I can see that this would work fine.

  2. If you want your socks to stripe exactly, make a note of the color that starts when you begin winding the second ball. You will want both skeins to start with the same color. You may have to waste some yarn to get both balls at the same color change. I would use this waste yarn to make a pretty flower. Look at my Pattern Store for the FREE pattern, Yarn Blossom.

  3. Hi, Michelle – I, too, follow your method of dividing a ball of yarn but I tend to get confused when it is self-striping yarn. Do you have any hints for dividing a 100 gm ball of that ilk? Thanks.

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